The very next year the annual MUFON bash was held in Gulf Breeze, Florida. A group of a half dozen National Security Agency intelligence analysts reportedly deserted their posts amid claims of believing themselves in contact with aliens and religious icons, and were eventually taken into custody in Gulf Breeze – within two days of the MUFON Symposium wrapping up. The group of five men and one woman, dubbed the Gulf Breeze Six, abandoned their posts in West Germany several days earlier for reasons they stated included saving the world from the antichrist as explained to them by ET and Mother Mary. The Chicago Tribune reported the six told acquaintances along their international AWOL journey that they were on their way to Gulf Breeze to greet an alien spacecraft. It was “Rapture time”.
|Vance Davis, one of the Gulf Breeze Six|
Retired Navy Commander C.B. Scott Jones enjoyed a long career in intelligence that spanned from investigating paranormal circumstances for Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell to lobbying for a Constitutional amendment about alleged extraterrestrial visitors. The legislation would designate the U.S. President as the nation's primary peacemaker while enacting the “institutionalization of peace”, protocol apparently designed to counter what Jones anticipates would be the certain chaos of officially announcing and accepting our space brothers.
The commander collaborated with Colonel John Alexander, General Bert Stubblebine and their associates in apparent search of the strange. Jones clearly stated on multiple occasions that he believes the U.S. government has intentionally blocked and complicated the efforts of UFO researchers to uncover truth and educate the public, a perspective in direct opposition to those commonly expressed by Alexander. Jones told The UFO Trail in 2012 that he thinks the UFO/ET subject has been used to cloak a number of classified U.S. programs, that “certainly includes mind control”.
Career intelligence officer and ufology's favorite colonel, John Alexander, stated during an interview published in 2007 that while some abuses took place during Project MKULTRA, he would argue “we threw the baby out with the bathwater” by discontinuing the operation. When not asserting himself as an anti-conspiracy theorist, Alexander says things like mind control is “coming back”. He went on to say in the interview that maybe people could be fixed or electronically neutered so that it would be safe to release them into society and they wouldn't come back and kill him.
“We're now getting to where we can do that,” Colonel Alexander declared six years ago.
|Rauni-Leena Luukanen Kilde|
Those are some statements from individuals who are most certainly not the apparently mentally ill, unreasonably paranoid types who anti-conspiracy theorists would have us think most commonly cultivate such beliefs. Moreover, Colonel Alexander regularly suggests himself to be opposed to the very conspiracies he at other times describes. Some more situations to please mull over:
These days, retired General Bert Stubblebine and Dr. Laibow operate Natural Solutions Foundation. The general's impressive career included being credited with redesigning the intelligence structure of the entire U.S. Army. This was apparently somehow accomplished without the man ever becoming aware of a 25-year CIA mind control effort that exploited thousands of enlisted personnel at locations including the Army's Edgewood Arsenal (Stubblebine claims he was never read into the mind control operations). He further states, however, that he and Laibow now believe mind control projects continued after Congress ordered them halted in the 1970's.
By the way, Dr. Laibow was a researcher of alleged alien abduction and a presenter back in the day at the 1990 MUFON Symposium when the Gulf Breeze Six came to town. Another piece of trivia: The following year, the deserted unit of the six, the 701st Military Intelligence Brigade, received the Director of the National Security Agency's Travis Trophy. The prestigious award was granted in recognition of the 701st making the most significant contribution in signals intelligence in the entire nation.
Gary Bekkum of STARstream Research has long reported on areas in which ufology overlaps with the IC. He published a 2007 piece by Gus Russo documenting how CIA and DIA men Ron Pandolfi, Paul Murad and Kit Green regularly manipulated and interacted with the UFO community, both live and online.
“What has been confounding UFO buffs for years,” Mr. Russo wrote, “is the regular presence of these well-informed 'spooks' (and others less active) in both the physical UFO world and the world of cyberspace saucers.”
Mr. Bekkum is the author of the book, Spies, Lies and Polygraph Tape. Additional articles on his site include documentation of the manners members of the intelligence community directly seeded the venues of ufology with unsubstantiated statements and, by any other name, fantastic rumors. Such circumstances have permeated UFO conventions, online discussion forums and virtually every aspect of the UFO community.
Now, back where we started to some extent. Richard “Sarge” Doty claimed he was in on the state-sponsored demise of Paul Bennewitz. Writer/researcher Mark Pilkington covered the circumstances and a whole lot more related information in his book, Mirage Men. Mr. Pilkington explained some of his resulting suspicions the U.S. intelligence community propagated and spread inaccurate belief in alien visitation in his 2010 article, Weapons of Mass Deception. Below is a trailer for the film adaptation of Mirage Men.
Please allow me to emphasize I am not arguing the validity of claims and circumstances described above, but that their existence is relevant in and of itself. Some writer/researchers argue conspiracy theories are the exclusive domain of the mentally disturbed or, at best, the irrational. An inherent challenge to such an argument is that it obviously does not take into account the extents the intelligence community initiates conspiracies in the first place.
Clearly, the IC itself, and, specifically, elements of it in which its members moonlight as ufologists, are among the most active sources of conspiracy theories and their continued cultivation. Such circumstances are relevant and deserve to be taken into account, whatever the ultimate explanations and purposes for their existence may prove to be from one specific case to the next.